Roll Call/ Lindsey McPherson/ January 3, 2018

As the second session of the 115th Congress kicks off Wednesday, lawmakers are confronted with a daunting January to-do list full of issues they punted on in 2017.

Typically, January is a slow legislative month leading up to the party caucuses’ annual retreats, where lawmakers formally develop an agenda for the year. House and Senate Republicans will hold a joint retreat from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2 at the Greenbrier resort in West Virginia, and House Democrats will huddle the following week in Cambridge, Maryland.

But last year, Congress deferred action on an omnibus spending bill for the current fiscal year and extended deadlines on expiring programs into the new year, procrastinating until at least January on those topics. So lawmakers face the prospect of confronting at least 10 major legislative issues before their party retreats.

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